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Ryanair aims for deal on long-haul feeder flights in 2017
[Reuters - UK Focus] - FRANKFURT/PARIS, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair aims to strike a deal next year to offer another airline transfer flights for long-haul connections, in what could shake up the hub model at airlines. "We think and we hope it will happen for some airline in 2017," Ryanair's Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs told Reuters on Wednesday. With (Other OTC: WWTH - news) legacy carriers such as Air France-KLM (LSE: 0LN7.L - news) and Lufthansa struggling to bring costs down on their namesake brands to compete with low cost carriers on short haul routes, using low-cost carriers instead for feeder flights could be a more cost effective way of bringing passengers to hubs for long-haul connections.